After using an oven a number of times, or after one big baking marathon, you may find that bits of food and grease will end up visibly littering the glass of the oven window. There is no need to clean this after each use, as it causes no real harm if it accumulates to some degree. However, eventually, you will want to come up with a cleaning plan, both for better performance of the oven, as well as for aesthetics’ sake.
It can be pretty tough to clean oven glass, though. This is doubly true when it has been a while since the last cleaning. Glass is something that is always troubling to clean, as any smudges or debris left are right there for anyone to see. It may take a bit of work to get the glass spotless, but it can be done, and we can guide you through the process.
First, be sure to gather all the materials that you will need, so you don’t find yourself scurrying around in the middle of cleaning. What you need is listed below:
- Glass bowl
- Baking soda
- Microfiber cloth
- Rubber gloves
- Handheld vacuum (if desired)
- Razor blade (if desired)
Once you have those things on hand, you are ready to go!
Preparing the Oven
The first thing you will want to do is get your oven ready for the process. Make sure that the oven is not on and then open the door as far as it will go. Clean off any bits of food that you may see, as having a clean surface is important. This is where the use of a handheld vacuum can be a great help. However, if one is not available, simply use a wet cloth instead. Be sure to get in the nooks and crannies, particularly where the glass meets the actual door.
Preparing the Cleaner
Next, you will make a baking soda paste of one part water and one part baking soda. Use a glass bowl to combine these items to make a paste that is the consistency of shaving cream. After you have done so, you will want to apply the paste to the glass. If needed, add water as you go. Once the paste has been applied to the entire glass, you are going to leave the paste to sit for twenty to thirty minutes.
Wipe Down Stage
After the paste has had time to settle in and work loose any debris, your next step is to wipe the glass clean. Use your microfiber cloth to do this. After this is complete, you will want to rinse the glass with only water. Then you can allow the door to dry. At this time you can clean up any baking soda that remains.
Razor Scraping Clean
If your door seems clean and ready to go, this step is not required. However, if you find that some of the cooked-on debris still lingers, you will want to use your razor to scrape these bits off of the glass. Be very careful as you do so. When you are done, wipe the door with a clean, damp cloth.
At this point, your oven window should be gleaming and beautiful. Now is the time to appreciate the work you put into the cleaning. If you want to clean the rest of the oven, you might consider doing this now. Otherwise, your oven will be ready for next use. It is likely that your work will mean you do not have to repeat the process for a good, long time.